Wednesday, May 16, 2018
40 Days of Prayer
This devotional series is in conjunction with the current curriculum series all Life and Home Groups are currently going through.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Sin is manifested in our lives when we carry out the desires of our flesh in opposition to the desires of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. This struggle is a constant presence for the Christ-follower. Walking in the Spirit and bearing the fruit of the Spirit is a battle against sin that requires us to maintain close, fervent, and continuous fellowship with God. Prayer is critical to persevering in battle. Ask God to help you crucify your fleshly desires.